Steve Andrews

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Steve Andrews
Steve Andrews, promotional image.jpg
Steve Andrews in a promotional image
Other namesThe Bard of Ely
OccupationMusician, Journalist, Author, TV presenter, Compère
Known forWelsh icon, coloured beard
WebsiteSteve Andrews

Steve Andrews (aka "The Bard of Ely"),[1] was born in Canton, Cardiff in 1953 and lived in Ely for 25 years, a suburb on the outskirts of Cardiff in South Wales.[2][3] He is a singer-songwriter, writer and Journalist with a strong interest in botany and conservation.[1][4][5] Andrews is known for having a brightly coloured beard[1][6] and being a Welsh icon.[2][3][7]

Writing career[edit]

He was dubbed "The Bard of Ely" by Big Issue Cymru when he had a regular column in the publication.[1]

Andrews is the author of "Herbs of the Northern Shaman" published by O-Books[4][5][8] and Hummadruz and a Life of High Strangeness.[9]

He has written articles and features for many publications including Tenerife News newspaper,[10] Big Issue, Kindred Spirit, Eye on Life magazine,[11] Prediction, Permaculture, Feed Your Brain, Living Tenerife and the National Federation of Occupational Pensioners magazines.

He has a Cardiff University BA (Honours) degree in Journalism, Film and Broadcast.[1][2][6]

Television and radio[edit]

Andrews was a co-presenter for two series of "In Full View"[12] on the BBC Choice Digital channel[11] and has also been featured on HTV's "Weird Wales"[13] and appeared as a musician on BBC Cymru Wales' "The Slate", and a guest on BBC2's "Roll over Beethoven". Also his song "Rubber Ducky" was used in the drama Y Tŷ ("The House") on S4C.

Andrews was a guest on many of Steve Johnson's radio shows in Wales.[14]

Steve Andrews (left) with Steve Johnson at Radio Cardiff


Andrews has released a number of albums since 1989 on various indie record labels, including a collaboration with Ian Kaye and Philip Moxham (from "Young Marble Giants") called "Taffia EP" and has had tracks released on a number of compilations.[1]


Year Album Record label Media Notes
1997 Sound of One Very Good Records vinyl LP
1998 Mask Pink Lemon Records vinyl EP
2002 Taffia EP Crai Records CD Collaboration
2003 Best of the Bard CD

Tracks contained in compilations:[citation needed]

Year Album Record label Media
1989 Meltdown the Album Chariot Records vinyl LP
1993 Pop Vocals and Instrumentals Off the Shelf Music CD
1998 Take It to the Bridge Vol. 3 Bridge Records CD
2001 United World Underground[15] MMATT CD
2002 Dim Apathi Dockrad Records[16] CD
2003 Green Man Festival album[2] Double Snazzy[17] CD
2003 Bands United Bands United[18] CD

Featured in[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f – Steve Andrews' homepage
  2. ^ a b c d
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ a b "Steve Andrews || O-Books || Author Profile". O-Books. 24 September 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Herbs of the Northern Shaman: Steve Andrews: Books". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ cardiff wall of fame featuring the bard of ely – video showing "the bard of Ely" in the center of Cardiff on a Billboard
  8. ^
  9. ^ (Amazon Kindle)
  10. ^ – orchids are blooming in a garden in puerto de la cruz
  11. ^ a b "Guest Writers – EYE ON LIFE MAGAZINE". 4 January 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  12. ^ "bardofely". YouTube. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Bard of Ely's UFO encounter as recalled under hypnosis". YouTube. 12 September 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  14. ^ Steve Johnson's radio shows on various stations including: Capital South Wales, Valleys Radio, 106.3 Bridge FM, Radio Cardiff and BBC Radio Wales
  15. ^ "Zeitgeist presents United World Underground". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Dockrad". Dockrad. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Bands United – Welcome to the Bands United Compilation CD Project's Official Site". Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  19. ^ "The World's Most Mysterious People". Lionel-Fanthorpe. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  20. ^ "Cj Stone". Cj Stone. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  21. ^ "Real Cardiff". Peter Finch. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  22. ^ pages 96–97